As my three year term as President draws to a close, it is with mixed feelings that I present my Annual Report for 2021, in our 39th year.
On the one hand it’s been a great pleasure being part of an enthusiastic and very dedicated group of like-minded volunteers. On the other hand it’s been frustrating and disappointing to see that enthusiasm significantly curtailed over the last nine months, due to the restraints of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
However, the Guides were able to get the jump on Covid restrictions by getting off to a flying start in January, with the very successful and well attended “Aussie Tree Tales & B.Y.O Picnic” event. The Guides led a large group on an explanatory tour of significant native species in our Botanical Gardens, after which everybody enjoyed getting together over a picnic.
We were also able to organise a welcome function for new members in early March. This was a late afternoon event held at the Cottage, with approximately 20 new members attending.
Under the circumstances the Committee had to make the difficult decision to cancel all activities from March 2020. This resulted in the majority of 2020 being a period of non-events and cancellations with a noticeable reduction in volunteer hours. The off-set was that email traffic between Committee members increased considerably.
However the Committee did manage to meet on six occasions during the year under difficult circumstances, twice by Zoom.
Fortunately the Begonia Festival which attracted over 60,000 visitors over the March long week-end wasn’t affected by the Virus. The Festival was one of the last public events before large scale gatherings were prohibited.
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